International development

Global Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics

Module code: L2132
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

How do different actors shape, relate to, sustain or contest the shifting orthodoxies of development,

How in turn is the agenda reshaped and re-invented as it faces various crises and challenges?

This module will be organised as a genealogy of development policy thinking from post war decolonisation onwards. It will give you an essential introduction to the evolution of international development as a global project from its post-World War II origins to the present day. It will map out the key moments (of innovation, crisis and reinvention) in that evolution and the shifts in thinking that underpin changes in global development agendas/policy.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of underlying principles and concepts shaping international development policy.
  • Use a reflexive approach to learning and recognize the importance of self-evaluation and reflection to academic and professional practice.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate different approaches to international development and identify different kinds of development actors.
  • Demonstrate capacity to express own ideas and perspectives on development policy and thinking.